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2021 Jun 09

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg

Targeted chemodenervation of the posterior belly of the digastric muscle for the management of jaw discomfort in facial synkinesis.


Pescarini E, Butler DP, Perusseau-Lambert A, Nduka C, Kannan RY
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2021 Jun 09.
PMID: 34233854.


Botulinum toxin (BT-A) chemodenervation has been proved to significantly improve the physical and psychological well-being of patients suffering from facial synkinesis. Despite this, a cohort of patients has persistent tightness and discomfort around the angle of the jaw, which may be caused by synkinesis within the posterior belly of digastric (PBD) muscle. This study was designed to evaluate the benefits of ultrasound-guided BT-A injections into the PBD.